On March 8, 2013 the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) released a new Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9). Employers should begin using the new forms immediately for all new hires. There is a 60 day grace period until May 7, 2013. After that date you MUST start using the new form.
Some of the changes to the Form I-9 include:
- Expanded instructions
- The form is now 2 pages
- New data fields for foreign passport information and optional telephone number and email address boxes
All employers are required to verify their new employee’s identity and authorization to work in the U.S. by completing the Form I-9. Failure to properly complete and retain the form will result in civil penalties and possibly criminal penalties. For details on document retention, accepted documents, penalties, and employee’s rights, go to www.uscis.gov and click on I-9 Central.
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